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Minnesota man to be sentenced for 1983 rape, homicide

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man whose conviction for the 1983 rape and killing of a Minneapolis teenager was made possible by DNA evidence is being sentenced Tuesday. A Hennepin County judge last month found 64-year-old Darrell Rea guilty of the death of 17-year-old Laurie Mesedahl, whose body was ...

Alcohol suspected in Minnesota crash that injured 5

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota authorities say alcohol may have been a factor in a two-vehicle crash that injured five people near Pelican Rapids. The Minnesota State Patrol says a pickup truck failed to yield the right-of-way at Highway 59 at about 9 p.m. Sunday when it pulled in ...

Officials: Minnesota man drowned swimming at Iowa campground

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota man drowned while swimming at a northwest Iowa campground. Rock Valley police say 31-year-old Anthony Boyenga went under the water Saturday afternoon while swimming with his children at the Rivers Bend Campground beach. A driver called to ...

Norm Coleman escapes boat crash ‘a little shaken’ but OK

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says he's OK after a boat crash on a northern Minnesota lake. Coleman posted on his Facebook page that he was fishing on Lake Ada near Park Rapids on Saturday when another boat broadsided his. Coleman wrote that he leapt into the water ...

Prosecutors say member of armed border group is flight risk

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man who has been spokesman for a group of armed civilians that patrols the U.S.-Mexico border is a flight risk and should remain jailed on accusations of impersonating a federal agent. A grand jury in New Mexico indicted 44-year-old James ...

New Minnesota laws target marital rape, wage theft, opiates

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Starting July 1, Minnesotans who rape their spouses can be charged with sexual assault, wage theft becomes a crime and drug manufacturers will help shoulder the state's costs of responding to the opioid epidemic. Those are some of the ...

Member of armed border group charged with impersonation

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — A man who has been a spokesman for a small group of armed civilians patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border was charged with impersonating a U.S. officer or employee. An indictment returned Wednesday by a grand jury in New Mexico charged James Christopher Benvie, 44, of ...

Minneapolis light-rail foes worry about Minnesota state bee

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The group managing construction of a $2 billion light-rail project between Minneapolis and southwestern suburbs is receiving stinging criticism about the well-being of Minnesota's newly anointed state bee. The rusty patched bumblebee nests, feeds and winters along part of ...

Minneapolis man imprisoned for groping women at Iowa college

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A Minneapolis man has been imprisoned for roaming a dorm at a northeast Iowa college and touching sleeping students. Bremer County District Court records say 23-year-old Bryan Malone was sentenced Monday to more than 14 years. He'd pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and ...

Ex-Minnesota grain elevator manager gets 8 years in swindle

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — The former manager of a western Minnesota grain elevator has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for a swindle that cost his employer millions of dollars. Fifty-six-year-old Jerry Hennessey of Dalton pleaded guilty in February to mail fraud and tax ...

Jury awards $585K to Minnesota officer over license lookups

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal jury in Minnesota has awarded $585,000 to a police officer who alleged that 58 fellow officers from the Minneapolis Police Department broke a federal privacy law by searching for her driver's license data without a lawful purpose. The jury returned its ...

DFL volunteer resigns over tweet aimed at Emmer’s Marine son

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A volunteer for Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District DFL committee has resigned after posting a tweet in which he suggested Marines are murderers. The state DFL Party said Laine Scheuble resigned Friday. Scheuble had been responding to a tweet by Republican U.S. Rep. ...

Think tank official suspended for Somali American comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota think tank official has been suspended for comments she made about Somali Americans in a New York Times story. The story with the comments from Kim Crockett, vice president and general counsel of the conservative Center of the American Experiment, was published ...

Wilderness Society sues Trump administration over mine rules

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Wilderness Society is suing the Trump administration to try to force the release of documents on its decision to lift restrictions on mining upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. The Trump administration last year canceled a ...

Fugitive in Sioux Falls killing is arrested in Minneapolis

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man who was wanted in connection with a shooting in Sioux Falls that left one man dead and two people injured has been arrested by federal marshals in Minneapolis. Authorities say the man had been on the run since the June 8 shooting that killed 42-year-old Larry ...

Tornado touchdown confirmed in southwestern Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The National Weather Service has reported a confirmed tornado touchdown in southwestern Minnesota's Redwood County, but there are no early reports of damage. The tornado was confirmed at around 5:45 p.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service took to Twitter to urge ...

Leaked email raises new questions about PolyMet water permit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A leaked email shows that a senior official sought to keep the public from knowing federal Environmental Protection Agency staffers' concerns about the pollution risks of a planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, critics of the project contend. In a ...

Hemp farmer charged with selling drugs

PRESTON, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota hemp farmer is facing charges after authorities claimed his products had more than the legal limit of the compound that makes users high. Court documents say products from Luis Hummel's 5th Sun Gardens hemp farm in Lanesboro were sent to a lab for tests and ...

Minnesota State college system to raise tuition by 3%

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State college system's board of trustees has voted to raise tuition by 3% this fall as enrollment declines. The Star Tribune reports that the board of trustees approved a $2.1 billion budget for the 37 universities and community colleges in the system, which ...

Court document: Mosque bombing suspect tried to escape

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Illinois man who faces trial in the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque had tried to escape from custody earlier this year. A court document filed by prosecutors says 48-year-old Michael Hari tried to flee when he was being transported to a Minnesota jail. The report ...